Estancia El Bordo de las lanzas

 

Departures: From October to April

Places Visited: City of Salta, Cafayate & Humahuaca Gorge

 

Highlights

The region around Salta is blessed with impressive natural wonders and small towns that seem frozen in time; visit the Humahuaca Gorge, a deep canyon carved out by the river, admire the uniquely colored rock formations and hills that dot the landscape. Stroll through charming mountain villages and small towns with friendly squares, beautiful handicrafts and 17th century churches. Spend a few days relaxing on a traditional Argentine ranch and learn more about the Inca Culture of the high Andes with a visit to the state-of-the-art archeology museum in Salta.

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • 3 nights of accommodation at Estancia El Bordo de las Lanzas, includes full board & activities
  • 2 nights of accommodation in Salta
  • Daily breakfast and local taxes
  • Half day tour of Salta City
  • Full day tour of Humahuaca Gorge

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:

  • International & Domestic Flights
  • Meals and drinks other than those mentioned
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional tours
  • Any items not mentioned

Day 01: SALTA/GUEMES. Upon arrival, private transfer to Estancia El Bordo de las Lanzas.

This typical Salta country estate is a 400-year old property owned by the Arias family who enjoy welcoming their guests personally. The main house is one of the finest examples of colonial architecture in Salta with its thick walls, robust ironwork, thick woodcarvings and colonial doors leading to a veranda. The main house has 8 comfortable guest rooms in a classic décor with private bathrooms and wood burning stoves, surrounded by beautiful gardens. There is an outdoor swimming pool and plenty of possibilities for outdoor activities.  The Arias family also likes to share the experience of the authentic estancia-lifestyle and invites guests to participate in a great variety of activities on the estate and in organic farm fields. Guests are welcome to dine in the hotel’s restaurant, room service is also available. Other hotel amenities include a fireplace in the lobby, a library and a park with local and exotic subtropical plants

Activities at the Estancia

·         Horseback riding

·         Bird-watching

·         Cattle roundups and other gaucho chores

·         Visit to the caiman reserve and tour of the plantations

·         Trekking

·         Bicycle rides

·         Cooking and dance lessons (folklore and tango)

·         Relaxation massages*

·         Handicraft tours

·         Folklore shows and gaucho horsemanship exhibitions*

* An additional fee applies to these activities, please request in advance.

Day 02 - 03: GUEMES.  two days to enjoy the activities and services at Estancia El Bordo de las Lanzas.

Day 04: GUEMES/SALTA.

Full day tour of Humahuaca Gorge

Depart from the Estancia and travel along Highway 9 to San Salvador de Jujuy, the capital of Jujuy province. Here the highway enters the gorge, a deep fissure in the Altiplano (High Plateau), created by the eroding power of the river. The road passes through the small village of Tumbaya before it reaches Purmamarca, a picturesque town seemingly frozen in time. One of its most striking natural landmarks is the Cerro de los Siete Colores ('Seven Colored Hill), which frames the adobe church constructed in 1648. Take time for a stroll around the town’s main square where local vendors show off their wares, such as wood carvings, hand-woven carpets and a wide assortment of medicinal and aromatic herbs. The tour continues to Pucará de Tilcara, a partially rebuilt pre-Colombian stronghold. Also visit the Historic Museum of the Province, which displays some Inca art pieces from different archeological sites in Argentina, Peru, Bolivia and Chile. Then the road continues to climb to Huacalera and crosses the Tropic of Capricorn. In Uquía, visit the local church and admire the oldest altarpiece in the region and the beautiful paintings of harquebusier angels. Finally arrive at Humahuaca, located at 2,939 meters (9800 ft) above sea level. Founded by indigenous settlers in 1594, the town features traditional adobe houses, narrow cobblestone streets and colonial style street lamps. Visit the main square with its church, the old Town Hall and the Monument to the Wars of the Argentine Independence (currently known as Monument to the Indigenous Population), and the city market. Return to Jujuy along the same route. On the way back, stop at Maimará to take advantage of the afternoon sunlight that brings out the exquisite colors of the rock formations known as 'Painter's Palette’ and the 'People's Cemetery'.  Private transfer to Salta City and accommodation at Design Suites Salta Hotel

Day 05: SALTA.

Visit the Museum of High Altitude Archaeology (MAAM)

Inaugurated in 2004, 5he state-of-the-art Museum of High Altitude Archaeology (MAAM) offers a unique insight into the history of the Inca. The museum uses innovative methods and modern technology to respectfully recreate the Andean world and display many unique Inca findings and archaeological treasures. One of the most noteworthy exhibits is the display of the Three Children of Llullaillaco, mummies that were buried about 500 years ago at an altitude of 6730 meters/22.000 ft.  

Day 06: SALTA. At appropriate time, transfer to the Airport


Tour descriptions and approximate times are for informational purposes only.

Some places described may be substituted and/or approximate times may be subject to change, due to unexpected circumstances or weather conditions